“We are excited to have Fernanda and Connie join our board of directors. They are recognized as visionary leaders in their fields and their expertise is very valuable to us at the time when we are adapting to a changing environment and pivoting our business and programs model, to continue to support our global partners and the children they serve,” says Jackie Boucher, president of Children’s HeartLink.
Fernanda Kattar Petto is a multi-nationality executive with a track record of leading global teams across different sectors. Currently, Fernanda is working for a business travel management company CWT as its vice-president, treasurer. Prior to CWT, Fernanda spent seven years at the Mosaic Company, a global leader in the crop nutrient industry, where she led the corporate financial planning and analysis area. She has multi-industry experience, having worked for General Mills, Avaya, Cisco Systems and BankBoston. Fernanda was born and raised in Brazil and speaks a number of languages including Portuguese and Spanish.
Connie White Delaney, Ph.D., R.N., serves as professor and dean at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. She is also an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Nursing at the University of Iceland. Connie has extensive leadership and teaching experience in academia, health care, and informatics, having served in several areas within the University of Minnesota, at the University of Iowa, and others. Connie was an inaugural appointee to the USA Health Information Technology Policy Committee, Office of the National Coordinator, and Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is an active researcher in data and information technology standards for nursing, health care, interprofessional practice and education, and big data science. Connie serves on numerous health, industry, and policy boards and advisory committees.
Children’s HeartLink saves children’s lives by transforming pediatric heart care in underserved parts of the world. Founded in 1969, we currently support 18 partner hospitals in Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Even in this challenging time, our medical volunteers trained over 4,300 professionals and helped more than 122,000 children worldwide.